Spiraea japonica 'Goldflame'

Spiraea japonica ‘Goldflame’      Family: Rosaceae
(spy-REE-ah  jah-PON-ih-kah)

Common name: gold Japanese spirea
Zone: 4 – 8
Height: 3-4 ft (90-120cm)   Spread: 3-4 ft (90-120cm)
Aspect: full sun; partial shade
Soil: average; well-draining
Water: moderate

Description: A deciduous shrub with an upright growth habit. Small sharply-toothed, lanceolate leaves are burnished yellow to yellowish-green tipped with red. Masses of showy rose-pink flowers appear in late spring through summer.


Special Notes: Native to Japan. Foliage tends to hold less golden hue in deeper shade. Flowers are formed on current year’s growth; either prune to shape or cut back young stems and remove old stems in early spring. Late frost can damage new growth. Drought tolerant. Rabbit resistant. Propagate by seed; softwood cuttings in summer.


Posted on January 12, 2013; photo updated on January 31, 2013